Predicted Rangers XI to face Standard Liege in the Europa League
Rangers romped home to a comfortable 4-0 win over lower league opposition Falkirk in the second round of the Betfred Cup on Sunday, thanks to goals from Jermain Defoe, James Tavernier, Calvin Bassey and Borna Barisic.
Steven Gerrard’s side are now set to turn their attention to the Europa League with a home fixture against Standard Liege on Matchday 5. Rangers are currently level on points with Benfica atop Group D and a victory on Thursday night will guarantee progression to the knockout rounds for the Gers.
The Ibrox giants beat Liege 2-0 in their opening group game back in October and the Gers will once again be the favourites to come away with all three points in the return fixture at home.
Gerrard doesn’t have any major injury issues to contend with heading into the midweek Europa League tie. Ryan Jack remains doubtful to play a part after missing the last couple of games with a minor injury while Jordan Jones and George Edmundson are both ruled out after breaking Covid-19 guidelines. Nikola Katic (knee) remains a long-term absentee for the Gers.
Probable Rangers XI
Manager: Steven Gerrard
Allan McGregor (GK)
The veteran has always been the undisputed first-choice shot-stopper for Gerrard. He is expected to return to the side after being rested for the Betfred Cup tie.
James Tavernier (RB)
The skipper continued his impressive form with yet another goal in the 4-0 rout of Falkirk on Sunday. Remains a key player for the Gers.
Connor Goldson (CB)
The former Brighton man has been an absolute rock at the back for Rangers. Should once again find himself among the starters for this one.
Filip Helander (CB)
Gerrard used Calvin Bassey in an unfamiliar centre-back role in the Betfred Cup tie but is expected to field one of his regular options in this position on Thursday.
Borna Barisic (LB)
The Croatian remains an influential outlet for the team with his immaculate crosses from the left. Should retain his place on the teamsheet.
Steven Davis (CDM)
The Northern Irishman was given a breather in the 4-0 demolition of Falkirk but is likely to return to the starting XI against Standard Liege.
Glen Kamara (LCM)
The Finnish international has been an indispensable cog in the Gers’ engine room this season. He could make all the difference in the Europa League clash.
Scott Arfield (RCM)
The former Burnley man has been in fine form this season, impressing with his work rate whilst also chipping in with some valuable goals.
Ryan Kent (LW)
He was among the key players rested for the League Cup fixture but is expected to return to the mix on Thursday.
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Kemar Roofe (RW)
The former Leeds United star has scored a couple of spectacular goals in the Europa League this season. The fans will be expecting more fireworks from their summer signing in the upcoming fixture.
Alfredo Morelos (ST)
The Colombian talisman is expected to replace veteran Defoe on the teamsheet as Rangers look to continue their impressive run in the Europa League.